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By PAUL R. LEINGANG : Message editor C help at Bread of Ufe been laid off from his I since Thanksgiving. It is an oppor- back" for straightening out . said. from Red Brush, is the volun- manager in charge of two new Bread of Life Ministry head- Inc., is a food and clothing bank large volumes of food, clothing available to individuals, nobfor-profit organiza- portion of southwestern Indi- More than 75,000 people a by the ministry. is a member of the Knights of 10257 at St. Clement He and other Knights have 2,700 hours -- and they'll more to complete the The additions will provide items needing refrigeration, Space for rapid unloading of of goods. save about $35,000 to Cost of the project, according to It has been steady work. of Work we've always had a people," Hilden- )onse Columbus organiza- yards of concrete were Twenty volunteers were guys showed up." many faiths and economic been showing up since Bill Carlisle first started dreaming about the min- istry he established. Carlisle brings experience as a Baptist min- ister and a J.C. Penney store manager to the task of being president of the corporation ded- icated to helping people in need. Carlisle started with a building 40 by 50 feet, in 1986. Additions in 1988 and again in 1992 added more space for storage and an unload- ing dock. The two newest additions are 42 by 70 feet and 42 by 24 feet. A variety of donated materials and labor has come from Kight Lumber, Kremp Lumber, Haubstadt Electric, and Operating Engineers Local 181, according to Hildenbrand. Setting 70-foot roof trusses in place was possible with the machinery and expertise of the operating engineers, he said. Hildenbrand said St. Rupert Church in Red Brush and the Knights of. Columbus have been involved in helping at the Bread of Life for sev- eral years. The Knights began helping prepare toys obtained at the Bread of Life for distribu- tion at Christmas time. Carlisle is pleased with the volunteers of var- ious faiths who have a common purpose. Vol- unteers build buildings. Volunteers send in money to help. Volunteers sort the food and clothing items and open the doors to the home- less and hungry, the fire victims and the down- on-their-luck. Carlisle and Hildenbrand, Bap- tist minister and Catholic layperson, agree: "We're all in this for the needs of the people." Bill Carlisle, left, and Bob Hildenbrand pause durng a tour of the new construction nearing completion at Bread of Life Minstries. -- Message photo by Paul R. keingang nds nationwide taking final steps to Catholic Church If : FILTEAu Service Lent were a might "Wanted: Total corn- vary. lncoraparable but appli- all Over the persons are DiOcese of Arkansas, Caroli- about 600 Across northem Pennsylvania In the Milwaukee Archdio- In the Columbus Diocese tized. J / / there were 346 in the Erie Dio- cese, more than 450 to the east in the Scranton Diocese. Pitts- burgh welcomed 1,101. In separate ceremonies throughout the United States tens of thousands of people, each with a unique faith journey, began tak- ing their final steps this Lent to become full members of the Catholic Church. Thirty-one dioceses and arch- dioceses from which Catholic News Service obtained infor- marion reported more than 19,000 people taking those steps this year. Since Catholics in those dioceses represented one- fourth of the total U.S. Catholic population, the national total could easily exceed 70,000. Msgr. Michael OJ. Wolf, retire- ment accepted, effective March 1. Editor's note: Please see story, page 2. cese there were 821 -- 249 cate- chumens and 572 candidates. The Boston Archdiocese count- ed more than 700 -- -300-plu catechumens, 400-plus candi- dates. The Archdiocese of Detroit had more than 1,700 total; Newark, N.J., nearly 1,100. Chicago scheduled five cere- monies over three weekends to accommodate more than 2,300 catechumens and candidates. Catechumens have not been baptized. They arepreparing to receive baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist at Easter Vigil services April 11. As they entered their final stages of preparation, they par- ticipated in a Rite of Election, in most cases during the first weekend in Lent. Despite the name of the rite, the first Sunday of Lent is not quite like Election Day in November. "Election is not a contest decided by vote," said Francis- can Sister Rene Simonelic of the Columbus, Ohio, diocesan litur- gical office. "It is a free gift of God choosing persons who freely respond with faith and conversion." more than 840 catechu03ens and candidates participated in the diocesan services at the start of Lent. Candidates is another term that has nothing to do with pol- itics in this context. They are people who were bap- tized in another Christian denom- ination and are entering full com- munion with the Catholic Church or people who were baptized Catholic in infancy but did not complete their initiation into the church with confirmation and first Communion. The candidates are preparing to receive confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil. On the first weekend in Lent they participated in a Call to Continuing Conversion, a cere- mony parallel to the Rite of Election for those not yet bap- In Omaha, Neb., there were two ceremonies at St. Cecilia' Cathedral March 1 to accom- modate the 525 candidates and 200 catechumens preparing to enter the church. Among the candidates in Omaha was Keith Harder of South Sioux City, who was raised a Lutheran. After he becomes a Catholic he plans to enter seminary formation to test what he believes may be a voca- tion to the priesthood. In most dioceses candidates outnumber catechumens, but both numbers have grown over the quarter-century since the modem Rite of Christian Initia- tion of Adults was introduced in 1972, reviving elements of the ancient catechumenate for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church. @ Msgr. Wolf ........................... Page2 82 Years Young ....................... Page 3 Out Of Poverty .............. ........ Page 16 ill i,, J i, ,,